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Beach Guide

Relax on a Cancun Beach

Cancun’s beaches are probably one of the main reasons for your visit.  With the powdery white sand and beautiful blue waters of that the Caribbean blesses the beaches in Cancun, who wouldn’t want to visit?

Get to Know Cancun’s Beaches

Cancun beach is one long strip of beach that follows the Caribbean side of Cancun Island.  Along this strip, Cancun has named beaches: Playa Linda, Playa Tortugas, Playa Langosta, Playa Caracol and Playa Las Perlas are on the top of the Cancun Island while Playa Del Ray, Playa Delfines, Playa Choc Mool, Playa Marlin are on the east.

The entrances and parking areas for most of Cancun’s beaches along Kukulacán Blvd are very well marked.

Try exploring some of the other nearby Cancun beaches. Buses run along the island every few minutes and for an investment of just a few pesos you might just find the beach of your dreams.

Cancun Beach Activities

Volleyball, parasailing, snorkeling, wave-runners or just a relaxing day in a hammock– it is your choice as all are easily available all along the many miles of incredible Cancun beaches. It is common to find volleyball nets and tennis courts in front of all-inclusive resorts like ME Cancun and luxury hotels.  Water sports are even more intensely pursued by the crowds.

Cancun Beach Safety

Cancun beaches are carefully watched by lifeguards and Cancun weather conditions that can affect the water are also closely monitored.

You will occasionally see flags in the sand that are used to indicate the current water safety conditions.  A black flag in the sand means stay out of the water, period.   Yellow flags represent caution, and red flags represent possible danger.  If you are not an expert swimmer, or if you have brought your children with you, the best and safest time to be in the water off of a Cancun beach is when you see a green flag.

Cancun Beach Maintenance

Cancun beaches are carefully and professionally maintained. Because the Yucatan Peninsula does occasionally experience hurricanes, it is necessary to sometimes transport sand to the island.  Cancun beaches are fixed really quickly so vacationers can experience the otherwise ideal weather that Mexico offers year round.  After hurricane Wilma, for example, 55.000 cubic meters of sand were dredged up from the ocean to the north of the island beaches.  This was actually sand that had been on the island, and restoration work simply moved it back to where it belonged.

Topless Bathing on Cancun Beaches

Topless bathing is an activity that is quietly accepted in Cancun and many of the surrounding areas along the Mayan Rivera. Do not be surprised if you are asked to put your top back on.

Total nudity is rare (as well as illegal), especially on the major beaches.

If you have an insatiable craving for real seclusion, rent a car, a short drive to the west toward Playa del Carmen offers numerous secluded beaches or coves with little chance of finding a crowd. Most of these beaches, many of which are unnamed, are just a short drive off of the main highway. Almost any dirt road heading toward the Caribbean will eventually take you to a beach.